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If you're referring to the tires behind the new ones, they're not really a concern, as they are the ones that came off.  They seem to be in reasonably good shape, so if anyone needs a set of 8.20-15 tires, I live in St. Louis. :D

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Transmission works great now, except I have no PARK.  I am using the other dynaflow issue thread to try to sort that out.  Wondering if the park pawl is accessible without removing the transmission.

 

 

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4 hours ago, Smartin said:

Wondering if the park pawl is accessible without removing the transmission.

 

I can't help answer this but I'm sure if you gave Jim Hughes in Ohio a call that he would be able to answer this and likely have parts you would need.

 

It seems to be a somewhat common issue with 57 / 58 dynaflows as mine was broken in the Special and a fellow '58 owner here had the same problem. No amount of adjustment helped there.

Good Luck, you certainly got at this one quickly enough! 

Looks like she deserved it! 😎

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It can be done, but the rear assembly will need to be pulled or pulled back, engine and transmission supported, transmission support removed...

Get the parking brake working well and drive it for now.  You may find other transmission issues that will need to be fixed at the same time.

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13 hours ago, Smartin said:

Photo for fun...

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Is it an optical illusion, or is the right side strut bent?  

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Yeah they are both bent about the same.

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2 hours ago, old-tank said:

It can be done, but the rear assembly will need to be pulled or pulled back, engine and transmission supported, transmission support removed...

Get the parking brake working well and drive it for now.  You may find other transmission issues that will need to be fixed at the same time.

 

 What Willie said!

 

  Ben

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I think I will do that guys.  I’ve had enough time under the car for now.  I need to start on another 57 that’s been patiently waiting for my undivided attention.

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I made a feeble attempt to clean off the blue stuff from the tires today in the shop, but it will have to wait until I can get it outside with the hose and some comet.  But I did wipe the crap off the car that's been collecting on it for who knows how long...cleans up nice!

 

On another note, I have been in contact with the previous owner (before the French billionaire), and he verified the mileage is correct at 46k, and sent me a massive pile of receipts from his ownership AND the previous owner to him.  This car has been well-loved and it shows.  I did find out that he named the car Jackie.  So, that is what its name is now. 

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WOW!

Well worth your efforts Adam!

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No doubt, John!  Right place, right time.

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Wish I was further along with my '58's.

These '57's are starting to grow on me and I know of a Super that has been off the road for a long time in good storage but...

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I am told that the pawl mechanics can be serviced without removing the transmission,  I  seems to me that I got that from a thread on this forum years ago.  What few know or forgot is that this car cannot be trailered with the transmission in park.  The rocking motion, fore and aft, hammers the finger off the pawl.  This was the problem with my first Caballero.

Follow this link to HoboBuick June 14, 2015

https://forums.aaca.org/topic/241455-help-tranny-not-shifting-into-p-or-r/?tab=comments#comment-1365900

 

 

Dan

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A few receipts from the last 25 years...

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On January 28, 2019 at 10:17 PM, dei said:

Wish I was further along with my '58's.

These '57's are starting to grow on me and I know of a Super that has been off the road for a long time in good storage but...

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Doug, are you saying you're getting the 1957 Buick bug? 😀  At least you'll be in good company !

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I played musical cars this afternoon so I could get Lance's car into the shop, and mine OUT so I can (hopefully) get it to the exhaust guy sometime in the next week.  This required me to move the parts car into the grass area between the garage and shop, move my 57 out of the shop, slide the orange 72 out of the way, move Lance's car into the shop, move my car back into the house garage, and the orange 72 back in front of the shop.

 

While it was still light out, I shot a couple photos.

 

The brakes were pretty terrible, so I assumed I just didn't bleed them enough when I reconnected the rear end.  So, before I tucked in everyone else's cars, I rolled it back into the shop and put it on jacks.  Not too long ago, I bought a pressure bleeder so I don't have to mess with that crappy mity-vac that I really don't trust to bleed brakes.  Upon bleeding the rears, everything appeared to be great...no air came out that I could see.  I pushed a bunch of fluid through there, too.  The left front seemed fine when bled.  Right front had no fluid.  Crap.

 

Off came the tire and drum.  Yanked off the cylinder and pulled it apart.  I found some awesome stuff in there.  Cleaned it out and reassembled, installed, and bled all 4 corners again.  I think I used about a quart of fluid to make sure it was all bled.

 

Brakes still suck.  Power assist is there, but the pedal damn near goes to the floor.  I also adjusted all of the brakes while it was in the air.  I'm not sure where  I am missing out.  The only thing I can think that is wrong is the master cylinder.  Wrong size displacement piston maybe? 

 

Carburetor is not a happy camper, either.  There is plenty of work to do before this thing is road-worthy.

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17 hours ago, Smartin said:

There is plenty of work to do before this thing is road-worthy.

 

Yes ... but she sure looks pretty!  I really love that paint scheme.

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You might think about pulling the master cylinder.  I had dicey brakes on one my cars (long pedal, etc.).  Upon inspection, the piston in the master cylinder was severely corroded.  I'm not talking pits; it was eaten away like it had been chewed on.  Fortunately, a good hone job cleaned up the cylinder and a rebuild kit fixed everything up.

 

You might also measure your drums. If they've been turned or worn, you'll get a longer pedal.  I just put new rear drums on a car the other day and it changed the feel of the brakes dramatically.  It's now much firmer and has a shorter pedal travel.

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Master cylinder is the next suspect.  I just dropped the car off at the exhaust guy.  $500 full system with mufflers and resonators.  I'll take that!

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I got the car back from the exhaust guy yesterday.  He’s an artist!  Super quiet exhaust note that belongs on a car like this, and with the engine running so smoothly, it’s like a new car.

 

I ran across some other paperwork from the previous collector who apparently had a bunch of cars they never exercised.  Here is a log of their routines on exercising this one...

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A "run log".  That's something I never would have though of.  Having so many cars does have it's own set of problems. 

 

Meanwhile I have been revisiting pictures from my trip to the Portland National meet in 2014, which now includes some pictures from Ed  Allmond's camera as well.  Here are two 57's you may be intrigued by from the Portland meet. These have not been edited and as such I think the 2 Dr is the salmon color, but cannot be certain.  

 

Anyway, just thought you might enjoy looking at these. 

 

 

 

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@95Cardinal check out the post above this.  Not sure if you were in Portland in 2014 or not but thought you might be interested in the one 57 pictured. 

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